This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have announced they will provide anti-armor and antiaircraft missiles to Ukraine to help the country in the event of a possible Russian invasion.
“In light of Russia’s increase in military pressure in and around Ukraine, the Baltic States have decided to answer Ukrainian needs and to provide additional defense-related assistance,” the statement said. This aid will further enhance Ukraine’s capability to defend its territory and population in case of possible Russian aggression.”
Estonia will send Javelin anti-armor missiles, while Latvia and Lithuania will send Stinger antiaircraft missiles.
The move comes at a low point in relations between Russia and Washington and its NATO allies. The United States and NATO have warned that Russia’s massing of more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders is a possible prelude to an invasion.
Washington and NATO have conducted talks with Russia, but the diplomatic efforts have thus far failed to thaw tensions.
“The Baltic states urge Russia to stop its aggressive and irresponsible behavior,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said on January 21, while his ministry said the weapons would be delivered in the “nearest future.”